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Wednesday , December 12 , 2012
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Justice Eqbal headed for SC

Ranchi, Dec. 11: Madras High Court Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal is all set to become a judge in the apex court after a Supreme Court collegium cleared his name, making him Jharkhand’s first son of the soil to be elevated to the highest echelons of the judiciary.

His appointment is now pending with the Union law ministry, which is expected move the file for a presidential confirmation by Thursday.

“Justice Mohammed Yusuf Eqbal is a legal luminary and his elevation to the Supreme Court is a matter of pride for Jharkhand High Court,” said advocate-general Anil Kumar Sinha. “He is a man with a vision and has risen in life due to his hard work and labour.”

Justice Eqbal has had an excellent track record as an advocate. After becoming a high court judge, he went on to become Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

Born on February 13, 1951 in a middle class family in Ranchi, Justice Eqbal went to Ranchi Zilla School in 1967. He completed his higher studies in Ranchi University and graduated in science in 1970. He then chose for a career in law and enrolled in the Chotanagpur Law College. He earned his LLB with a distinction and was a gold medallist in 1974.

He started practising at the Ranchi district court. Later, he also started teaching in a law college, but gave it up due to professional commitments.

Justice Eqbal became a judge of Patna High Court on May 9, 1996, and on November 15, 2000, he moved to Jharkhand High Court as senior judge. He also became acting chief justice and patron-in-chief of the Judicial Academy during this tenure.